plural -s
: an individual (as an ecclesiastical secretary or a lay servant) who attends a cardinal in a conclave
cardinals who are ill or infirm may have two conclavistsArnaldo Cortesi

Word History


Italian conclavista, from conclave (from Medieval Latin) + -ista -ist

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“Conclavist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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